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Neptune Officials Tackle Homeless Issue

  By DON STINE Homelessness in Neptune was an issue at this week’s Township Committee meeting, with residents offering a variety of opinions on what officials should do. “This is a real problem and it does not get enough attention. A more permanent fix is what the target should be,” Mt. Carmel Baptist Church Rev. Edmond Lee Sr. said at the meeting. A group of 10 people, who are known as “The Woodsmen of Neptune,” live in a wooded lot behind the ShopRite, off Neptune Boulevard, near Route 66. The camp has been there for about seven years but it…

The Gift of Life

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI Four years after receiving one of her husband’s kidneys, a Bradley Beach woman is doing well and calling the entire episode “a miracle.” Beth Williscroft, 57, was a healthy 50-year-old woman when a rare one in a million person disease, Goodpasture syndrome,(GPS) took hold and caused her kidneys to shut down completely. The disease is a rare autoimmune disease which causes the body to attack itself. Williscroft first went to see her doctor because she had a sinus infection and also felt like she had the flu. In short time she learned it was not…

City Bike Share Program Successful

  A bicycle share program in Asbury Park that started in late summer was a success according to figures released by Zagster, the program’s provider. Membership in the program reached 646 leading to 1248 trips taken. The total time riders traveled was 202,807 minutes or 3380  hours. By Zagster’s calculations the bike riding offset 33,801 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions. The breakdown of riders was 47.54 percent male and 52.46 percent female. By age the largest group of riders was between 18 and 27 years with 32.1 percent. The next group was 28 to 37 year olds at 28.4 percent;…

In Neptune: Dream Center Collecting Diapers

  By DON STINE For the needy or people going through a disaster, providing food, clothing and housing are the first things to come to mind- but how about diapers? “We have been providing diapers since Superstorm Sandy. We try to focus on unmet needs and we saw this as a major unmet need that we tried to fill. Other organizations were focusing on food, clothing, housing but not on this need- so we do,” said Isaac Friedel, the lead pastor at the Jersey Shore Dream Center located in Neptune. The center will be collecting disposable baby diapers, for newborns…

City’s Credit Rating Upgraded

  Asbury Park Mayor John Moor recently announced that the city has received it’s highest credit rating ever from Moody’s Investor Services. The city received a letter from Moody’s on Jan. 17 stating that Asbury Park was being rated A2, which demonstrates by Moody’s definition that it “is a low credit risk.” Meaning that the city is a low risk to investors of the city’s long term debt. In the 14 years that Moody’s has been rating the city, this is the highest ever rating. When asked to define the importance of a credit rating for local governments, Mayor Moor…

Men’s Ministry Hosts Breakfast

  By DON STINE The guest speaker at a special prayer breakfast, hosted by the Men’s Ministry of the Second Baptist Church of Asbury Park, was a no-show Sat., Jan. 20- but through no fault of his own. Asbury Park School Superintendent Lamont Repollet was recently nominated by Gov. Phil Murphy to be his new Commissioner of Education- the first African-American to hold the post- but, unfortunately, Repollet is unable to have any speaking engagements until his nomination is approved by the state Senate. Repollet, 47, became schools superintendent in 2014 and his appearance at the prayer breakfast was scheduled…

The Question is….

  The Coasters asks, “On a scale of 1 to 10, how would you rate Donald Trump’s 1st year in office?”

Art from Upstage Club Presented at Light of Day Event

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI A slide show of pictures from the Upstage Club was shown Jan. 13 during a Light of Day Foundation event at the Asbury Park Music Foundation while a variety of bands performer at the venue. Pictures on display showed foundation President James Lenskold and his friends removing historic art work from the walls of the club, which was located on the second floor of the Tom McAnn building on Cookman Avenue at the corner of Bond Street. A history of the club, where Bruce Springsteen, Southside Johnny, Vini Lopez and other music notables played for…

Rights of Passage Home Dedication in Asbury Park

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI It was a project that began six years ago to help homeless young adults in Asbury Park and which finally became a reality this week. Through the efforts of Covenant House International and Interfaith Neighbors five Asbury Park young men will have a free place to live for 18 months while they attend school or work to save money and afford a place of their own. Paul McEvily, co-executive director of Interfaith Neighbors, said building the house which has five bedrooms, each with its own bath, 2 half baths, two sets of laundry facilities and…

City School Chief Nominated for Commissioner

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI Asbury Park School Superintendent  Dr. Lamont Repollet has been chosen by Governor Philip  Murphy to be New Jersey’s next Commissioner of Education. Repollet, in his three and a half years in the city, made a positive impression, introducing new programs and increasing test scores and high school graduation rates. He brought in new staff along with new programs including  a detailed plan, entitled Building a Better Future, as a blueprint to improve the troubled district. At the high school level he introduced engineering, nursing and law and public safety programs. He also coordinated with Brookdale…